Appointment of Camille Hazeur

May 6, 2008

Dear members of the Bates Community,

I am pleased to announce good news about the Office of Affirmative Action and Institutional Diversity Projects.  Camille Hazeur, an experienced professional with an impressive record of accomplishment regarding issues of equity and diversity, will join Bates as of July 1, 2008 as the new Director of Affirmative Action and Manager of Institutional Diversity Projects.  In welcoming Camille, I would also like to applaud the dauntless efforts – this year and last – of the Search Committee* for bringing this search to a successful close.

After having worked for more than twenty years at both public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities, Camille comes to Bates from George Mason University where she has served for the past five years as Assistant to the President and Director of Equity and Diversity Services. In addition, she consults with the Institute for Higher Education Policy (founded by Bates alumnus, Jamie Merisotis ’86) on the BEAMS (Building Engagement and Attainment for Minority Students) Project to provide support for more than 100 four-year Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribally-controlled institutions.

Camille earned a bachelor’s degree from Dunbarton College of Holy Cross in Washington, D.C. and a master of arts in postsecondary education counseling from Xavier University of Louisiana.  
She began working with issues of equity early in her professional career after observing how race, class, gender, ethnicity and other issues of difference affected teaching and learning. Inspired by her interest in helping people negotiate differences, she applied for and won an award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)  to develop A CHANGE MODEL©, a long-term group facilitation program that provides faculty, staff and/or students with the opportunity to confront problems and forge solutions inherent in diverse communities. Camille focused, too, on deepening an understanding of the connection between diversity and excellence.

A second FIPSE grant awarded in 1989 enabled Camille to produce a video series to accompany the program, seen now by over 100 faculty and staff at the University of Tennessee, where she provided campus-wide leadership on issues related to race, gender, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disabilities and other differences. After a decade at Tennessee, Camille returned to student affairs and to a small liberal arts college as Dean of Students at Trinity in Washington, D.C.  After three years as Dean, she re-focused her professional attention to issues related to equity and diversity in positions at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the Association of Research Libraries. 

In 2003, she assumed her most recent position in higher education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where she and her staff monitored the university’s continuing commitment to affirmative action and equal opportunity both in its employment and educational practices.  She developed and implemented programs using education, training and complaint resolution to ensure that members of the campus community understand their rights and responsibilities to learn and work in an environment free from discrimination. Working collaboratively with other campus entities and the surrounding community she provided leadership to create, design, and disseminate programs that bring diverse people together for the purpose of learning about and from one another, sharing experiences and ideas.

Camille Hazeur comes to Bates especially capable of helping us advance our commitments to access and equity as well as our goals of enhancing diversity and inclusiveness. Major responsibilities of the Director of Affirmative Action and Manager of Institutional Diversity Projects include assisting with hiring, support, and retention of faculty and staff; managing and reporting on compliance with affirmative action policies in a collaborative manner; developing and implementing policies, procedures, and processes involving affirmative measures to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff, and student communities; serving as a critical resource for Bates’ Diversity Initiative; working with a broad group of individuals to develop multicultural initiatives that enhance student life on campus, and expand all students’ educational experiences; and, creating and advancing  a culture of excellence through nurturing institutional diversity and inclusion.

A youth spent in Mobile, Alabama at the peak of the great Civil Rights Movement and study of anthropology’s attention to complexities of culture and culture-making are well-springs of her respect and regard for humanity and her passion for issues of difference. Camille points out that having earned a degree from and having honed her early skills at small, liberal arts institutions, she has an affinity for the mission and tradition of liberal education. Drawn to what remains familiar – that is the small college and small community – she understands the intricacies of administration, concerns of multiple stakeholders, and the need to pay attention to the institution’s relationship with its civic community.

I am confident that Camille will help Bates continue to build an inclusive environment for social and intellectual engagement, where academic excellence and respect for the person are equally valued.

Regards,
Elaine

*Thanks to Search Committee members: 
Czerny Brasuell, Director; Multicultural Center, (2006 – 2008)
Marsha Graef, Assistant Director of Athletics (2006 – 2008)
Tedd Goundie, Dean of Students (2006 – 2008)
Bill Low, Assistant Curator, Museum of Art, (2006 – 2008)
Peter Wong, Professor of Mathematics (2006 – 2008)
Mary Main, Director of Human Resources (2007 – 08)
Bill Blaine-Wallace, Multi-Faith Chaplain (2007 – 08)
Baltasar Fra-Molinero, Associate Professor of Spanish (2007 – 08)
Leeanne Cunningham, Class of 2008, African American Studies Major (2007 – 08)
chaired this year by Leslie Hill, Associate Professor of Politics, and Special Assistant to the President
Melanie McGuire, Human Resources (2006 – 07)
John McClendon, Associate Professor, African American Studies (2006 – 07)
chaired in 2006-07 by Associate Professor Sue Houchins

all ably aided by Carmen Purdy, Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Institutional Diversity Projects